• PlayStation 3: Not So Much In The Wild

    I’ve watched this video numerous times trying to figure out what the hell is actually going on. Are the people in this video stoned? Could that explain why they are acting like robots? Or maybe it’s cause they are nervous (the are playing PlayStation 3 with a girl). At least we get to see PlayStation 3’s slot drive and PSP-like interface in action. I have to say that the… Read More

  • USB WiFi Dongle with Integrated Hotspot Finder

    . E-Let, a Japanese gear house, knows this. It also realizes that those of us who choose to be mobile require as little encumbrance as possible, thus the love of converged devices. That line of thought went on to produce this combo WiFi finder/WiFi USB dongle it offers in Japan under the WiFiWalker brand. The smallish LCD readout on the front gives you signal strength and other information… Read More

  • What Can PlayStation 3 Support?

    Sony hasn’t told us much about what formats we can expect its PlayStation 3 to read, but that’s all changed now. Today, we found out that PlayStation 3 will cover a wide range of formats supporting video, music and pictures. So what exactly can we expect? Will we be able to watch iTunes movies? Will we be able to listen to AAC files without any kind of patch or update? Watch PR()N? Read More

  • Again With The Combo Ports: Plextor PX-755UF External Dual-Layer DVD Burner


    OK, so I showed you Buffalo’s new USB 2.0/FireWire hard drives, so here’s Plextor’s external dual-layer DVD±RW drive to go with them, which includes combo ports as well. And it is also Plextor’s first external drive to feature 10x DVD+R dual-layer recording speed (6x for -R). Also, while some drive makers throw in some “lite” utilities, Plextor’s… Read More

  • Treo 680s Showing Up At Fry's Electronics

    , it’s kinda strange seeing pictures of the devices already at Fry’s. Either some community college part-timer’s stocked these a wee bit too soon, or someone snuck in back and took some pics of a pending demo unit. Either way, if you’re actually interested in picking up a Treo 680, head over to your local Fry’s and see if they have these up too. Then again if… Read More

  • Buffalo Technology Goes Both Ways With DriveStation Combo


    Nothing groundbreaking here, but Buffalo Technology has added a handful of USB 2.0/FireWire combo external hard drives to its DriveStation lineup. It does the usual good stuff Buffalo drives do (Windows/Mac support, plug-and-play, driver-free installation, fanless, silent operation) and includes Memeo AutoBackup and the company’s own Windows SecureLockWare software that does the… Read More

  • ATI Launches Midrange Radeon X1650 XT


    It’s always fun to look at, dream about, lust after the high-end stuff, but when it comes down to it, most of us go right for the midrange option on whatever we’re buying. That’s what makes the new CrossFire-ready 256MB X1650 XT so appealing. It’s reasonably priced at $149 and has a good helping of the features you’ll find on the more expensive cards from the… Read More

  • Weekly Crunch: Tailgating Edition

    Here’s a look back at some interesting stories from last week: Reuters Reporting from Second Life
    Yamaha’s Fuel Cell Scooter Ready To Roll
    Axxen’s Egg-Like Speakers
    Stratellite Completes First Flight Test
    Electric Marshmallow Toaster for Perfect Toasted Marshmallows Read More

  • Monitor110 Raises $11m More for Market Monitoring

    Monitior110, the pre-launch web monitoring service for hedge fund traders we wrote about in September, will announce on Monday that it has closed a Series C round of financing with $11 million from new and existing investors. The company, which will begin offering its product for general subscription early next year after three years of development, has now raised a total of $20… Read More

  • PayPerPost Is Now Officially Absurd

    Many commenters in previous TechCrunch posts on PayPerPost compared their business model to payola in the music industry. At PayPerPost, bloggers are offered cash to write about products. Disclosure is optional, and often the bloggers are required to only express positive comments. The company is now well funded, and a number of competitors have launched. This “virus” seems here… Read More

  • Cingular's Treo 680 on November 5 at $175: Bank On It

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/she claims is the legit, honest-to-gawd deal for the Palm Treo 680 for Cingular. You can get yours for less than $200 in less than 2 weeks. Sweet, yah? Previously, this same mole had indicated that Cingy and Palm weren’t finding any agreements in the pricing of the anticipated smartphone. Palm wanted to produce a… Read More

  • Brightcove Launches Its Network for Small Video Publishers

    High profile video startup Brightcove has launched what it calls the Brightcove Network, its video delivery and monetization service for small video publishers. To date Brightcove’s most visible moves have been in providing web video services for major media companies like Warner Music Group, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and MTV. The new Brightcove Network… Read More

  • Motorola Upgrades the SLVR With Magic: Meet the SLVR L7e

    The Motorola RAZR’s sexy candybar cousin, the SLVR, just got a well deserved upgrade. Though it’s not available from any American carriers yet, the latest version of the SLVR, the L7e, is chock-full of state of the art fun. The GPRS radio has been updated to EDGE, the camera is now at 1.3 megapixels instead of VGA, the Bluetooth is now stereo compatible, and the keypad has a… Read More

  • TopTenSources Raises $3.5 Million, Acquires Blogniscient

    Top10Media, parent company to Massachusetts based TopTenSources, a human edited blog aggregator, has raised $3.5 million in a venture round led by Highland Capital (see our previous coverage of TopTenSources here). They are also announcing their acquisition of Blogniscient, a TechMeme-style blog news aggregator. We compared Blogniscient to TechMeme and other competitors in October 2005 and… Read More

  • MySpace Moves to Protect Copyright Holders

    On Monday MySpace will announce a partnership with California startup Gracenote to help detect and block copyrighted music from being posted on MySpace member pages. This will allow them to be more proactive about copyright enforcement, in addition to complying with DMCA take-down notices. YouTube made a similar announcement earlier this year, although YouTube is not simply blocking… Read More

  • LeWeb3 on Dec. 11-12 in Paris

    TechCrunch is co-hosting this year’s LeWeb3 in Paris, France December 11th and 12th, an event organized by Loic Le Meur of SixApart. It is a two days conference to discuss the next generation web and mobile services, virtual games/communties, old and new media and other topics. Last year the event gathered 450 web entrepreneurs, key players and bloggers from 25 countries. A great panel… Read More

  • BlueTie Launches Free Ajax Email Suite

    New York based BlueTie released a very nice hosted Ajax email suite last week. This is a polished product – the company has been in business since 1999 and has hundreds of partners, like ISPs, that already distribute this software to their customers. The new product is a customer-facing email solution, with both a free and premium version. This is a crowded space, with products from… Read More

  • My CarsDirect Experience

    A couple of months ago I decided I was going to buy a new car, but there is almost nothing I like less than negotiating with car salespeople. The first thing they do is try to get your name and phone number. They will then begin calling you a day or two after you leave to ask how your search is going, and try to get you back to the dealership. If you do go back to the dealership, the second… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Terrorize Y'all's Neighborhood Edition

    Here are some stories from Friday. Have a good weekend. Be Free Of Over-Heated Laptop Concerns With Lapworks’ Miracle Laptop Desk
    Nyko’s Intercooler Causes Problems For Xbox 360
    Reuters Reporting from Second Life
    Trimersion Head Mounted Display
    It’s Pumpkin-Carving Time, Bitches!
    How are We Doing? Part XIV Read More

  • Rocketboom: Almost 10X Ze Frank's Downloads

    Videoblogger Ze Frank is in what he calls a nerd fight with Rocketboom producer Andrew Baron. Frank says that Baron’s numbers are inflated and make it difficult for he and other video bloggers to sell advertisements with much lower numbers to offer. I spoke with both of them on the phone, looked at Rocketboom’s traffic logs and ran my understanding of what I saw past several… Read More